Latest news from the Latin American Corporate Counsel Association

Major research by LACCA has revealed which law firms represent Latin America’s top 100 companies, region-wide and in different jurisdictions – and weekly new, features and interviews have covered major areas of interest to corporate counsel in the region.Who represents Latin America’s top 100 companies? LACCA has answered this question with our latest research project.Week-by-week releases of the full data have looked so far at the preferred law firms in Argentina, Brazil, Central America, Chile and Colombia. In-depth analyses of these findings have examined how general counsel at some companies are focusing their buying power in just a few firms, and why Chile is punching well above its weight economically.LACCA’s news service has looked at significant appointments in the Latin American in-house legal and compliance markets: Walmart, Transocean and HSBC have all featured. Several LACCA members – including senior lawyers at JP Morgan, Accor and Nokia – have also explained how they operate.As the compliance burden grows on GCs and compliance officers alike, LACCA has discussed whether new guidelines from the UK’s Serious Fraud Office have undercut compliance initiatives at multinational companies, as well as reviewing Shearman & Sterling LLP’s latest report on FCPA enforcement patterns.Elsewhere, LACCA has explored how companies are building their pro bono work in spite of strict controls on free legal services imposed by bar associations in Brazil, and looked into a new tool for companies to self-assess their ethics and compliance standards to be launched shortly in Brazil.LACCA Miami – a yearly meeting of over fifty GCs from leading companies – was a great success and threw up interesting discussions on topics such as the future of the legal profession, how to terminate the employment of senior staff and how to manage risks and set goals. These have all been explored in articles for the wider membership, featuring comments from GCs explaining how they work on these issues, and what role external counsel plays.The association’s Mexico meeting also took place recently, and a full review of the concerns of the attendees about the in-house legal profession in Mexico was covered in a story last week.The Latin American Corporate Counsel Association has become the leading vehicle through which general counsel in the region interact and share knowledge and best practice. Our team of dedicated journalists analyse the news and trends which affect in-house counsel in Latin America and produce a weekly briefing with all of the updates members need.Since its launch, the content provided by LACCA has only been available to its members, who are leading in-house counsel in the region. However, as more and more private practitioners have shown an interest in learning about what matters most to their clients, we are making the site available to all. Sign up now for a trial subscription.

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